I thought The Amazing Spider-Man was an ok movie, so I wanted the game to be good too. Unfortunately it was not that hot. It's hardly the worst Spider-Man game ever made, but it's extremely inadequate. Weak, mushy battle that just does not feel good, unrealistic swinging that makes your webs tied to clouds, subparameters, and a story that was, well, a lot of bullshit. If you absolutely love this version of Spidey and just want more, you can get something out of it, but it was a pretty disappointing issue at that time.
Spider Man: Friend Or Foe (2007)
This game is mainly on the list because of how cool the concept is and how disappointing and boring the end product is. The basic prerequisite for Friend Or Foe is that Spider-Man must collaborate with many of his archrivals to take down a mysterious villain. It is essentially Marvel Ultimate Alliance for the Spider-Man universe. Unfortunately, it's not as varied and exciting as the Ultimate Alliance and finally it's just not that amazing. While Ultimate Alliance also allowed you to play as a series of villains, Friend Or Foe Only lets you play as Spider-Man, which always seemed like a missed opportunity to me.
A common issue with beat-em-ups is that they lack some depth and can quickly be repetitive. Friend or enemy definitely suffer from these pitfalls. The game is very simple and a bit too easy, which means it does not take long for this game to become stale and dull.
The Amazing Spider Man (1990 )
Spidey had quite a few games in the realm of 2D sidescrollers. Some of them were quite good, who argued the title Spider-Man: The Video Game, but this certainly was not. It's not the most offensive bad game on this list, it's just boring.
In spite of acting, The Amazing Spider-Man is actually more of a puzzle than a beat-em-up. The main problem with this game is that it is slow. Like really slow. Spider-Man moves as if he just got out of bed after a bad night's sleep. Some of the tasks are interesting, but the game is just too lifeless to make it worth checking through. There is a bizarre absence of music from most levels, and Spidey is completely lacking in charisma or humor.
Fans of web swinger can safely skip this one.
Spider Man: Battle for New York
One year after the amazing Ultimate Spider Man Activision decided to capitalize that success by making another game in that universe. Unfortunately, this game was not so amazing. A game released only on Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, Battle For New York is one of the weakest handheld Spider-Man games out there.
The battle is incredibly simplistic, difficult and lumpy to control, and difficult to understand even at times – Battle For New York is just a bad game. It is one of the many soulless cash grippers that appear on handheld systems around this time. Not good.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
One of the few cases of a movie-tie-in game was actually better than the movie it was linked to. The fact that the game is on this list speaks volumes to how bad and disappointing the 2007 movie really was. It may be better than the notoriously terrible final to the Sam Raimi trilogy, but it is still not good.
After the amazing Spider-Man 2, this underwhelming game was even more disappointing. Spider-Man 3 does little to improve its predecessor. Web swinging is still fun, but the game is clumsy and not as smooth as you like, the pictures are not good at the moment and the camera is dodgy and unpredictable. The addition of quick events was something new, but it was not enough to save this under-par game.
Spider-Man: Return of Sinister Six (1992)
The NES era was an unfortunate one for licensed games, especially for Marvel games. Return of Sinister Six is one of the more embarrassing excursions for Spider-Man game. A bad, lifeless money game that tried to make money on the web swing. There is not much to say about this game, it's only very bad. A slow, lumpy platform engine similar to many of the other lame-licensed games of the era.
The NES version of this horrendous game was made even more shameful by Game Gear and Master System ports. These ports may have been better, but they were still not good.
What do you think of Spider-Man's history in play? What are some of the worst experiences you've had with web sling?